March 8, 2018

From The Session
Click here for the March Session update.

One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing offerings will be collected through Easter Sunday, April 1. A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. For more information visit the table outside of the office.

Grace Place
On Friday, March 9, join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noon.  This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us and bring a friend!
 
Summer Mission Trips – Register Now!
Reserve a spot for your high school or middle school child now to attend our summer mission trip.  The High Schoolers will travel to Canfield, Ohio on June 23-29.  Click here for more information.  The Middle Schoolers will travel to Baltimore, Maryland on July 21-27.  Click here for more information.  Deposits of $150 are due now and final payments are due by May 1.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now!  For questions about either of these trips, please contact Sandi Kuhl at sandi.kuhl@gmail.com.

Adult Education – Lentflix! 
Join us at 6 pm this Friday for pizza followed by “The Straight Story,” a five-star film about a man named Alvin Straight who rides a lawnmower thousands of miles in order to see his estranged brother. This film is great for all ages! Click here for a schedule of remaining films in our series. 

Telling our Faith Stories - How have we come to define ourselves as Christian? Presbyterian?  Were/are there members of our families and communities that have helped us in that journey?  On March 11, we’ll continue to fill in our faith stories by looking at our family genograms. A genogram is a way of helping us understand each person in a family, their history and connections to one another. A spiritual family genogram looks at patterns related to personal faith and family religious practices, such as how and whether families celebrate rituals of connection (meals, coming and going),  celebration (birthdays, anniversaries) and community (Thanksgiving, Christmas). Paper, pencils and erasers provided!  Click here to learn more.

Morning of Service 
Join us on March 17, as we learn more about and work at one of Ambler Interfaith's three locations. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the board in the hallway across from the church office.  We will be meeting at Grace at 8:30am to carpool and should return by noon. Questions please email Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com.


Bible Study with Cedar Park
The Grace and Cedar Park congregations will come together again this Lent for Bible study. Pastors Sandy Hull and Janel Dixon will lead us on a journey through Paul’s second letter to Timothy. This will take place on Wednesday evenings, February 21-March 28, at 7:00 pm at Cedar Park Presbyterian Church, 7740 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia (about 10 minutes from Grace).

Help Support Local Food Cupboards!
The Mission Team is sponsoring a food drive from March 4th to March 25th. Grab a bag and fill it with food! The cupboards need 100% fruit juice (please, no juice boxes), canned fruit in juice, peanut butter, jelly, tuna in water, pasta and pasta sauce. Abington Inter-Faith gives out food twice a month to 100 families. In February they gave out 1,200 lbs of food. Jenkintown Food Cupboard gives out food weekly and fed 398 families in February, giving out 20,000 lbs of food. Contact Marylouise Still at mlstill56@gmail.com or 215-680-3308 with any questions. Thank you!

Friends and Family CPR/AED Training
The CPR/AED class scheduled from 9-12 on Saturday, March 24 still has openings. If interested, contact Chris Hoyler at chrishoyler@verizon.net, or call 215-576-1404.

Easter Lily Dedications
On Easter Sunday morning, our Sanctuary will be adorned with beautiful Easter lilies.  If you would like to dedicate a lily in memory or honor of a loved one, please complete this dedication form or find one in the church bulletin on Sunday.  Dedications are due to the church office by Monday, March 26, to be included in our Easter Sunday bulletin.  The lily plants are then delivered to our shut-ins after the 10:30 worship service on Easter Sunday, April 1.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two after the service, please indicate so at the bottom of the dedication form  Thanks to all who support our Deacons with these donations and deliveries.
 
Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast and Festival
Mark your calendars for March 25, and prepare to come hungry to a morning filled with Easter crafts and activities, free family photos, and a delicious breakfast.  Join us following the 10:30 worship in Muyskens Hall. Click here for more information.  We hope to see you there!

Holy Week at Grace
On Palm Sunday, March 25, services will be held as usual.  Following the 10:30service, there will be a Pancake Festival in Muyskens Hall.

Each weekday morning from March 26-30, a quiet, contemplative service will be offered in the Chapel from 7:00 – 7:30 am.

On Maundy Thursday, March 29, we will commemorate the night of the Last Supper and Jesus’ arrest as we worship at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. The Chancel Choir will be singing and we will gather at the Lord’s Table.

On Good Friday, March 30, there will be two opportunities for worship as we solemnly give thanks for Jesus’ redeeming death. The Jenkintown Ministerium will host a service at noon in the auditorium at Rydal Park, and we will gather in the sanctuary at 7:30 pm.

On Easter Sunday, April 1, both 8:30 and 10:30 services will be in the Sanctuary and feature brass, organ, and choir.

Lenting a Hand
What if for Lent this year, instead of giving something up, you take on something NEW? The Children’s Ed Team is in great need of Shepherds and Station Leaders to finish out the rest of the program year. Commit to 1 week or 4 weeks, remembering that your participation directly benefits the children of Grace. Sign up on the bulletin board or online at bit.ly/gracesundayschoolquestions contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org.

Adult VBS 2018
Why should the kids have all the fun? This year, for the first time, we will be offering Adult Bible School in conjunction with our week of children’s VBS. Join us for a week of "water play," exploring the role of water in the work of God among God’s people!  Click here for more details.

VBS Registration OPENING!
Spring is near and summer right behind it! VBS registration for volunteers, child and adult participants, and teachers will open on March 1 and close June 3. A donation of $10 per person/ $35 per family of 4+ is requested. We are inviting all members of the church and the community to enjoy bible school with us from June 17-21 in the evenings 5:45-7:45pm with dinner provided each night.  Contact Kelly Hudson khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions.  Click here to register.

Grace Nursery School - Registration 
Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is now open!  For more information on enrollment, please contact the nursery school director, Cindy Kaminski at 215-694-0809 or ckleim@aol.com.  The program is available for children 2 years of age-Pre-K.